Trainer Garcia says Ortiz vs. Charlo would be a 'beautiful fight'

Boxing trainer Robert Garcia said a bout between his charge Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Jermall Charlo would be a "beautiful" one down the line.

“I wouldn't mind watching him against Charlo; the one who just fought Jose Benavidez,” Garcia told 210 Boxing TV. “I would love that fight. Why not? That would be a beautiful fight.”

Ortiz returns to the ring Saturday against Fredrick Lawson atop a Golden Boy Promotions card in Las Vegas — his first fight in almost 18 months.

Previously, he had developed a knockout winning reputatation with 19 finishes from 19 wins in 19 fights, however, health issues saw his rapid ascent hit the skids as he was taken to hospital for rhabdomyolysis in 2021.

Ortiz said last year he hoped his health concerns were a thing of the past and restarts his career this weekend at the Virgin Hotels, an off-strip venue.

Considering Ortiz has finished the likes of Mauricio Herrera, Maurice Hooker, and Egidijus Kavaliauskas, a bout against Lawson — who has been knocked out three times, and has never fought anyone close to his caliber —provides him with an opportune moment to remind boxing fans he still has dynamite in his hands.

The Lawson fight will take place at super welterweight (154-pounds), which is a weight class higher than Ortiz's tranditional division at welterweight, and one in which he had shown trouble cutting to in recent bouts.

If he fought Charlo, it's probable he'd have to move through other weight classes to middleweight, or a catchweight.

Elsewhere, other bouts scheduled for January 6 include Raul Curiel against Elias Diaz, Arnold Barboza versus Xolisani Ndongeni, and Ohara Davis against Ismael Barroso.

Sergiy Derevyanchenko was also due to box on the show but Boxing Scene reported Sunday that "an undisclosed injury" he suffered a week ago has forced him off the event.